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Charting our own course

January 17, 2019 by Jonathan Carr-West

2019 was supposed to be the year that we start to get some visibility on the way forward on some of our most intractable challenges but is that likely in a year that already looks to be consumed by Brexit, asks Jonathan Carr-West.


Listen in to local government

January 8, 2019 by Ingrid Koehler

LGiU Fortnightly is almost a year old, we’ve enjoyed delivering the podcast but we want to make sure that we’re delivering something that our members (and others) find both entertaining and informative. If you have been listening, let us know what you’ve enjoyed and what you’d like to hear more…


Tackling childhood obesity through planning – lessons from South Tyneside Council

December 21, 2018 by LGiU

Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher…


LGiU and public trust

December 19, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Ingrid Koehler casts an eye over the LGiU's recent work on trust in the public realm.


LGiU in 2018 – homelessness

December 17, 2018 by Andrew Walker

This week we are having a quick look back at some of the work we have done over the past year. Andrew Walker kicks us off with homelessness.


LGiU Fortnightly 14th December: It won’t be lonely this Christmas

December 14, 2018 by Alice Buszard

With Christmas just around the corner, we break from our own accidental tradition of reporting gloomy local government news and bring you some festive cheer from around the country! Loneliness can be particularly rife over this season and we hear about several excellent projects to tackle it, including MensSheds, tea…


Brexit: identity, trust and governing the UK

December 5, 2018 by Janet Sillett

Brexit has raised a whole series of wicked issues – and been a proxy for some others. When Brexit is settled – if Brexit will ever be settled – these issues will still be with us, writes Janet Sillett, whatever trade deal is negotiated or no deal or even no…



LGiU Fortnightly 30th November: Brexit and Local Government

November 30, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

LGiU has been covering the Brexit negotiations from a local government perspective for the last two years – as the finish line approaches, what have we learnt and what should councils be doing to prepare for the impending change? And following the second meeting of LGiU’s Homelessness Commission, we discuss…


Viewpoint: Brexit – a view from Ireland

November 28, 2018 by LGiU

In a personal view from Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting and Member of the Public Policy Advisors Network in Ireland, this blog reviews the current Brexit position from Ireland’s perspective.